One of the greatest joys for children is to mimic what grown-ups do, like driving! Battery powered ride-on cars can be expensive but are worth every penny when it comes to the development of a child’s psychomotor, cognitive, and social skills. With a wide variety of toy vehicles on the market, this buying guide will make it easy to choose the best one for your little one(s).
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A ride-on is the ultimate birthday gift or Christmas present. Whatever you choose the occasion to be, make sure it’s a surprise! Maybe even catch their reaction on camera too! As a child, I’ve always dreamed of having my own toy car, a barbie jeep to be specific, and now that I’m a parent, I don’t want my girls to miss out on all the fun!
Not only is a ride-on great fun, it’s a great investment. Our Peg Perego John Deere Gator XUV has a wide age range of 3-8 years, and a weight capacity of 130 pounds. Keep in mind when you have two children, the battery dies faster than with only one rider. I recommend purchasing a second battery to keep the fun going. Simply charge one while using the other.
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What to look for in an electric ride-on
When purchasing a battery powdered car, look at the battery voltage. A 12V (volt) or 24V battery means more power. The more weight it can handle and the more power it has over rough terrain. This is something to consider if you have a larger property. If you live in the city and plan to have your kids ride on pavement and sidewalks, you can settle on less voltage. A ride-on with a more powerful battery will also have faster speeds which is great for country living. Ours goes up to 4 ½ mph!
Car, jeep, truck, or tractor? Most ride-on cars have wheels on the smaller side and they are made of plastic. For better traction on grass and hard surfaces, go with a jeep like the Fisher Price Power Wheels, a truck like the GMC Sierra, or a tractor like the Peg Perego John Deere tractor.
Look for a ride-on that has a two speed shifter with reverse. Like our John Deere Gator, it has a second speed lockout, which means parents can keep the car on low speed as an option for beginner drivers or for safety.
Some rides-on toys have flashy features like MP3 player connection and speakers, pre-programmed songs, LED lights, and more. This depends on your child’s preference, but we based ours on functionality. With a sporty look and dump in the back that has it’s own weight capacity, we personally chose the Gator’s rugged features over anything else.
The Top Ten Battery Powered and Electric Ride-on Toys
10. Power Wheels Fisher-Price Barbie Jammin’ Jeep Wrangler (2 seats)
9. Best Choice Products 12V Ride On Car Truck (1 seat)
8. Best Choice Products ATV Quad (1 seat)
7. Peg Perego Polaris Outlaw (1 seat)
6. Peg Perego Polaris RZR 900 (2 seats)
5. KidsVip UTV Eva Edition (2 seats)
I picked the SPORTrax UTV as number on on the list because it has all of the features as the John Deere Gator plus the sound features like the MP3 player, horn, and it includes a remote for the parents to control it. The wheels are EVA foam rubber tires which provides even better traction!
I hope this list comes in handy for you when deciding what to buy. Now tell me, which one would your kids love?!